CHAI PANI HAPPENINGS
WEDNESDAY - 6/29 - Chai Pani and Gypsy Queen come together for a Persian feast: HADAYA BENEFIT DINNER at MG Road Lounge
WEDNESDAY - 7/6 - GIVE BACK DAY: Chai Pani will donate 10% of dinner sales to BLUE RIDGE PRIDE CENTER as a part of our ongoing Giving Back Initiative
Indian street food from
twice James Beard nominated chef Meherwan Irani
Chai Pani literally means “tea and water.” It's slang in India for going out for a cup of tea, a tasty bite, a snack, or “a little something.” In Downtown Asheville (and now in Downtown Decatur) it means innovative, fun, affordable and delicious Indian cuisine. We'd go so far as to say it's “mindblasting.”
Some of the best food of any country is its street food, and Chai Pani features chaat - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks. And because there's nothing more comforting and delicious in any culture than a home cooked meal, Chai Pani also brings you thalis - traditional family meals highlighting India's amazing culinary diversity.
The New York Times was particularly taken by our “fresh, cilantro-strewn takes on Indian street food,” GQ Magazine lauded our “Indian street food with a twang,” and New York Magazine called us "a star in downtown's dining scene.” The Huffington Post had us on their list of "Top 10 Cheap Eats in the US,” and even Fox News.com called us the "hit of their Asheville trip.” (We're just glad we could get them all to agree on one thing)!
We've made it from Bombay to Buncombe, so step off the sidewalk and into the street – Indian Street Food that is. (Couldn't resist!)
From Bombay to Buncombe and Asheville to Atlanta, Chai Pani has extended our love of food, culinary experience, and storytelling to the southeast. In 2012, we opened MG ROAD Bar & Lounge, our stylishly awesome lounge right around the corner from Chai Pani. Head barkeep Erin Hawley keeps the focus on the art of the craft cocktail, and the team balances technique & tradition with a level of creativity & innovation that’s been written up from Food & Wine Magazine to The Times of India.
We also opened CHAI PANI DECATUR in Decatur, GA in 2013. It has been included in the 'Best Restaurants in Atlanta' list 3 years running by Atlanta Magazine, and Creative Loafing. Since then, we've added BUXTON HALL BARBECUE, which features wood-smoked, whole-hog barbecue by Elliott Moss in South Slope, Asheville, NC. Alongside low-country favorites and southern classics, guests can expect delicious seasonal pies and pastries as well as a robust bar program featuring a large selection of draft beer, craft cocktails, rotating punches and a daily slushy.
Botiwalla is the newest restaurant from Chai Pani and chef Meherwan Irani. Inspired by the tea and kabab houses (known as Irani cafes) of Meherwan's childhood, as well as the grills (sigris) that pop up on the streets of India late at night, serving grilled meats and flatbreads to hungry revelers.
C H A I P A N I P R E S S
THRILLIST: Small US Cities with World Class Food Scenes
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER: The Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC
ONLY IN YOUR STATE: Top 10 Restaurants in North Carolina
TASTING TABLE: Indian Food is Breaking New Ground
MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Chefs Converge in Asheville for Appalachian Food Salon
EATER: Inside the Breakfast Bowl Series: South India's Upma
MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Chefs Converge on Asheville for Appalachian Food Salon
OZY: Bring on the New Indian Cuisine
PLOUGH TO PANTRY: Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani and Buxton Hall Barbecue
NY DAILY NEWS: Asheville is Unlike Anywhere Else in the South
ZAGAT: 10 Reasons to Drive to Asheville, NC
ASHVEGAS: Best of Asheville 2015
FORBES: Top 10 Food and Restaurant Trends of 2015
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Asheville– the South's Inside Destination
YAHOO: Top Emerging Foodie Cities in the US
EXPLORE ASHEVILLE: Chef Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani on Storytelling
TRAVEL + LEISURE: How to Spend a Perfect Weekend in Asheville, NC
MEN'S JOURNAL: 17 Corn Recipes for Summer
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: Chai Pani owner to open new restaurant in Atlanta
FOOD AND WINE: Chef Irani shares his recipe for Vindaloo Flank Steak
BON APPÉTIT: Restaurants to visit in Asheville
CITIZEN TIMES: Chef Irani gets James Beard Nomination
GARDEN & GUN: Crispy Okra Fries
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION: Chef Irani nominated for Best Chef Southeast
USA TODAY: 10 Best: Places for Deep-Fried Food
SERIOUS EATS: Top Notch Indian Street Eats at Chai Pani
HUFFINGTON POST: Top 10 Cheap Eats in the US
FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE: Why Food Lovers are Loving Asheville
COCA COLA JOURNEY: Acclaimed Chefs Dish About the Family Table
USA TODAY: Dumplings around the world
THE TIMES OF INDIA: Exporting Indian Flavors
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